Mother’s Day only comes once a year, so pampering the number one lady in your life with a decadent meal is a must. Depending on her personal style, Philly has a variety of options for all kinds of moms. Is she a history buff? Then maybe a special Mother’s Day Tea at the new Museum of the American Revolution is in order. Does she have a passion for Latin fare? A luxurious brunch at Richard Sandoval’s Aqimero will transport her south of the border with plenty of mimosas for the road. Here are our picks for the best restaurants for Mother’s Day 2017.
Mother’s Day Tea
Museum of the American Revolution
101 S. Third St.
The new Museum of the American Revolution celebrates famous revolutionary women (and your mom) with a Mother’s Day Tea. The elegant afternoon affair will include fresh scones with currants and lemon zest (served with clotted cream and jam), petit fours, French macaroons and tea sandwiches in the museum’s Liberty Hall. Once you’re finished, take mom on a tour of the museum’s exhibits. Each child in attendance will be given a keepsake miniature stitch sampler. Tickets cost $45 for adults, $35 for youth ages 6 to 17 and $10 for children 5 and under.
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
10 Avenue of the Arts
If your mom wants to get a little tipsy on her special day, take her to the swanky Aqimero at the Ritz Carlton in Center City. The Mother’s Day Brunch menu includes endless mimosas, bellinis and bloody marys. Signature dishes like chicken and waffles, huevos rancheros, lobster avocado toast and crab and shrimp enchiladas — all cooked on Aqimero’s wood-burning grill, will help you soak up the booze and make sure you're not embarassing the special lady. There will also be a seafood raw bar and hot carving station. The brunch is $125 per person.
10 a.m.-3 p.m.
1234 Locust St.
You can never go wrong with a hearty Italian meal and the cozy atmosphere at Little Nonna’s will make it day to remember. Their three-course brunch for Mother’s Day includes options like eggs in purgatory (baked eggs in San Marzano gravy), French toast (lemon-pistachio ricotta with mixed berries and toasted pizzelles) and early morning bucatini (cacio e pepe, poached egg, smoked bacon and ramp leaves). Craving some good old-fashioned meatballs? Try the South Philly breakfast with Nonna’s meatballs, provolone, garlic rabe and pepperoni marinara served with either rosemary fries or side salad. Remember to save room for dessert: cannoli, tiramisu and seasonal sorbets round out the menu.
Songs and Sushi
5 p.m. to 2 a.m. daily
211 N. 11th St.
Perhaps your mom wants to sing for her supper? Why not take her out for a Sunday evening of karaoke and Japanese food at Yakitori Boy? You can choose from singing in the public bar area or even booking a private karaoke room if she’s shy (or a microphone hog). With belting all of those Whitney Houston classics, you and mom will undoubtedly work up an appetite. Feast on Japanese style tapas aka “Japas” like sushi, sashimi and tempura. There’s also a huge selection of Japanese sakes, beers and cocktails.